There’s nothing quite like getting a new scope on a rifle to make a true marksman’s fingers tingle. Scopes have a tendency to be fairly expensive, so it can also make your wallet cringe when you price them out. Vortex offers a selection of scopes that are both high quality and reasonably priced, bringing you the best of both worlds. Among their offerings the most popular are the Viper and Diamondback series.
Vortex’s growing reputation for efficient high-quality optics at reasonable prices is well deserved, and if they continue as they’ve begun they’ll remain the brand to beat in the future. Their selection is broad enough to meet almost anyone’s needs, even within specific model series such as the Diamondback and Viper. It’s hard to find a better scope at the prices they offer. Every unit is built to exacting standards to provide accurate and clear optics, and every piece is protected by the Vortex VIP Lifetime Warranty.
|Vortex Diamondback||Vortex Viper|
| • Wide Assortment Of Models|
• Affordably Priced
• Great Value For Cost
| • Added Durability
• Extra protections against elements
• Premium Quality Glass
• Optimized For Long Range
Each of these are incredible examples of what Vortex has to bring to the field, but the Viper model is superior in a variety of little ways. It’s design includes all the premium features available on the Diamondback HP Range, and adds a bit more on top of it, including lenses protected with an anti-wear coating. The Diamondback scopes don’t offer this feature.
Of course the Diamondback brings the benefits of being lighter for the weight conscious gun user. It also comes with a superior number of options when compared to the Viper. There are a total of 10 different varieties of Diamondback currently available from Vortex, while the Viper only provides 4. If light weight and variety are important to you, the Diamondback is going to be your go-to series.
When compared to the Diamondback the Viper’s range also stands out. For all the variety available in the Diamondback series they’re only intended to be used for short to medium ranges. The Viper is intended for the gun owner looking to shoot at great distances in adverse conditions.
The construction of the two models is exquisite, utilizing the same 1”aluminum bodies that have been sealed against water, rendered fog proof, and are built extra-durable to withstand shock. When it comes to pure durability, however, the Viper will win out every time thanks to extra protections offered in its design.
|Vortex Diamondback (Specs)||Vortex Viper (Specs)|
| • Tube Size: 1″ |
• Weight: 12.8 oz – 18oz
• Length: Between 10.2″ – 12.5″
• Magnification: 1.75-5x up to 4-16x
| • Tube Size: 1″ or 30mm
• Weight:16.6 oz – 21.6 oz
• Length: 13.2″ – 14.4″
• Magnification: 3.5-10x up to 6.5-20x
Vortex Optics DBK-04-BDC
When it comes to pure value for your dollar there are few scopes on the market that offer as much as the Diamondback series. The one-piece design of the aluminum bodies were engineered to be as rugged as they come.
When you’re out on the hunt you want to know that your scope is going to put up with the elements. That’s why Vortex ensured that your scope would be shockproof, waterproof, fog resistant, and capable of withstanding the forces involved with the most powerful recoil.
A multicoating ensures that the lenses produce a crisp view of your target. Diamond HP models go one step further by utilizing specialized coatings and high quality glass to transmit light flawlessly for clear targeting.
You have a selection of degrees of magnification that will perfectly suit any caliber or range of shot. Every scope comes equipped with either the Bullet Drop Compensator Reticle or the Vortex V-Plex Reticle that makes shooting against the wind or at long range easier.
This scope is for those looking for a serious piece of hardware capable of withstanding the most challenging environments. This model starts with the same one-piece design of the aluminum body, but the sizes range from 1” to 30mm.
This scope provides a crystal clear picture of your target thanks to the high-grade lens coating and ultra-hard protective coating. This additional level of protection isn’t available on Diamondbacks, but ensures that the lens is protected from dirt, abrasives, scratches, or any other environmental hazards that may come into contact with the lens.
Shockproof, weatherproof, and with a BDC Reticle coming standard on all viper models, they’re an incredible addition to your firearm. If you’re looking for a little something extra you can upgrade to the Mil-Dot Reticle or V-Plex.
While there is less variety available in the Viper series, they do boast a stronger set of magnifications than those available on the Diamondback models.
Cost and Value Comparison
Both of these scopes are an exceptional example of rifle scope engineering, and come at a price-point that is lower than that of other brands boasting equal quality. HP Diamondback Models are available at $360, while the standard Diamondback varieties come in at as little as $275.
Vipers carry a higher price point, with the least expensive varieties coming in at over $450. The confidence and security you’ll get with a more rugged scope combined with the increased performance of a higher magnification scope makes it worth it.
If you’re a casual target shooter or hunter you won’t likely need more than the Diamondback series has to offer. For those who hunt regularly, shoot over great distances, or regularly expose their scope to extreme elements the Viper series is going to better suit their needs.
One of the strongest selling points of the Diamondback series is their variety. There’s sure to be a model that suits your individual needs and is capable of handling what you’re going to put it through. That is unless you’re taking your scope into rough environments with extreme elements, in which case you’re going to want to go with the Viper. You can rest easy regardless of which you choose thanks to the Vortex VIP Lifetime Warranty that covers both their scopes.
Which one of these is going to be the right choice for you is dependent on all the factors we’re already discussed. If you think the Viper is going to suit your needs don’t try to undercut yourself by going with the Diamondback. Both scopes are incredible, but the extra you’ll pay to get the Viper will mean you won’t end up having to replace it, costing you even more money.